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Fears new homes bid will affect residents.

Byline: RUTH MOSALSKI Local government reporter ruth.mosalski@walesonline.co.uk

A FORMER children's home in Cardiff could be turned into 16 homes.

An application has been submitted to Cardiff council for the houses to be built on the former Walker House site off Fidlas Road in Llanishen.

But residents have objected to the plans voicing concerns about traffic and the felling of trees around the proposed development site, with a petition signed by around 60 people.

The development would include 12 homes for the open market and four affordable homes. They would be either three or two bedroom properties, according to the planning application. Resident John Critchley raised concerns about any trees, hedgerows and bushes being cut down.

Mr Critchley said 10 mature and one young tree will have to be felled to allow the development to take place.

"These trees and hedgerows also form a noise and dust barrier between the high level railway and the properties in Georgian Way and Fidlas Road.

"We believe the felling of these trees will have a dominating impact on us and affect a right to a quiet enjoyment of our property by both day and night time.

"The proposed development makes no consideration for the living standards of the occupants," he said.

But in the application, the developer said it had checked the landscape to "ensure that the important sections of the existing mature landscape can be retained".

Mr Critchley also raised concerns about a survey of a pond which says the pond is no longer there.

"The fact is that the site is so heavily overgrown with young trees, bramble, thistle and other grasses and weeds, identifying what is now living on the site would be extremely difficult. The pond is still there and full of water."

He also raised road safety concerns claiming the access to the site has not been covered in the transport statement which is part of the plans.

"The sight stopping distance of vehicles or cyclists emerging from the site and turning right is compromised by restricted vision caused by the bridge tunnel support piers," he wrote.

The developer said that the existing access from Fidlas Road would be widened and a footpath incorporated to the eastern side to ensure safe access for pedestrians and vehicle users.

It said the junction with Fidlas Road has been fully assessed.

The developer has responded to concerns raised by residents saying: "The junction onto Fidlas Road is an existing junction which has, in the past, had the capacity to deal with vehicle movements from both the nursery (still in operation) and the now demolished children's home. The modest number of new houses on the site is not expected to generate a significant amount of vehicle movements. The option of introducing a "left turn only" approach into and out of the junction was considered but was thought to be impractical."

Within the site, the developer says, all roads and footpaths within the main body of the site will be shared to promote "pedestrian priority and promoting low vehicle speeds".

The application has yet to be determined by Cardiff council.

Day for hostel to show off A SPECIAL event to help inspire people to broaden their horizons takes place in Cardiff next month.

The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) Day is set to return to Cardiff on September 3, with YHA Cardiff Central, in East Tyndall Street, opening its doors to the community between noon and 4pm to invite them to discover what it has to offer.

As part of the day, YHA Cardiff Central will be running a pop-up charity shop which will be selling the lost property collected over the year.

A movie matinee will also take place.

The hostel has also teamed up with Pieminister in St Mary Street and will be running a special pie offer to help raise money for the charity.

James Ryan, manager of YHA Cardiff Central, said: "Myself and the team are so excited about YHA day this year. We're really looking forward to showing off the youth hostel and everything we have to offer, including volunteering opportunities. As YHA is a charity, volunteers are very important to helping us operate sustainably, so if anyone would like to volunteer with us, then we'd love to speak to them."

Visit www.yha.org.uk/day-2016 to find out more.

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